Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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January 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

        As I sit to type this column on Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time, I have just received a letter from Bishop Matano expressing his appreciation for our exceeding our parish goal in pledges for this year’s  Catholic Ministries Appeal:  “Through your generosity, you are sharing the fruits of your labor to affect positively the lives of those who seek our assistance, to make a difference for our sisters and brothers in Christ, for your parish, and for our Church….I pray that the Lord will continue to bless your parish family.  Be assured of my prayers for you, and please, in your kindness, remember me in your good prayers.—+Bishop Salvatore R. Matano”  The Appeal remains open until May 31st for those who haven’t had a chance yet to pledge and for all pledges to be paid, at which time our parish will receive one-half of the overage back for parish use.  Monthly updates will be in the bulletin on or about the 2nd Sunday of each month through June. 

Today, Orthodox Epiphany, is our 3rd of 4 monthly Winter Fuel collections—thank you for your warm response!  Here in the parish, our Year 2 Confirmation Workshop is at 12:00 Noon in St. Ambrose Academy school building.  Also, thanks for all surveys returned since their insertion in last Sunday’s bulletin.  Their final date to be received is January 31st, and you can do so by way of the LINK on the opening page of our parish web site as well (

Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Our parish Office and School are closed, however two heavenly events take place nonetheless:  in the pre-dawn hours, look skyward to see Mars, the star Antares (in the constellation Scorpio), and the crescent Moon in a triangular formation; and in the post-sunset hours, we have the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. in the chapel at St. Ambrose.

Tuesday, Bell Choir gathers at 6:00 P.M. in St. Ambrose, our 6 Weeks with the Bible session #2 is at 6:30 P.M. in the parish office dining room, Social Ministry gathers at 7:00 P.M. in the parish office conference room, and the Knights of Columbus meet at 7:00 P.M. at St. James.  Also today is just one month and counting until our parish retreat starting Friday, February 21st.  Watch the bulletin for details.

Wednesday, the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, is also this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service at 7:00 P.M. at St. James.  This year, the theme is “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (cf. Acts 28:2).  See for further details.  Refreshments follow in the hall at 7-9 P.M. coffee hour.

Thursday, our Bereavement Group gathers at 3:30 P.M. in the parish conference room, and the Youth Stuffing & Card Ministry meets in the parish office basement room at 4:00 P.M.

Friday, thanks for prepping your envelopes for the weekend.

Saturday is Chinese New Year 4718, the “Year of the Rat.”

Welcome Sunday (my 27th anniversary as a Knight of Columbus) begins Catholic Schools Week. Our St. Ambrose Academy currently has  some early enrollment incentives for new or transfer students.  Call the parish or school office for details before they expire.  Family Faith meets today at 11:00 A.M. in school, a First Communion Parent Meeting is at 12:15 P.M. in Dailey Hall, and the Bishop Fulton Sheen Servant of God movie is at 1:00 P.M. at the parish office.  Peace to all!

—Father Schrader